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Ask Slashdot: Which Encrypted Cloud Storage Provider?

Omegium It does not matter (200 comments)

As far as encryption is concerned, you cannot trust anyone but yourself. So you can ignore anything your cloud provider says about encryption and focus on speed, reliability and cost.

You should make sure that your cloud provider only ever receives encrypted data from you, and if he decides to encrypt again, good for him, and if he decides to let the NSA listen in, well, it doesn't matter, your data was encrypted anyway.

about a year ago

BitTorrent Launches Dropbox Alternative

Omegium Re:WTF? (96 comments)

If it is not stored somewhere on the internet, then both your devices must be online to be able to share. It is not different from using sftp or https or any other direct protocol that can transfer files. And I doubt that bittorrent is the most efficient one for that. But their real reason is probably to increase legitimate bittorrent use, to make it harder for ISP's to block it.

about a year and a half ago

You've Got 25 Years Until UNIX Time Overflows

Omegium Re:Is it a real problem? (492 comments)

Yes, the operating systems themselves will probably be fine by then. But what about programmers who had to do date calculations in a language without a good date object? They put dates in an int, and added 3600 for each hour. What about databases where timestamps are stored in plain ints, instead of a special time value? And then there are embedded systems of course, from microwaves to airplanes to networking equipment

about a year and a half ago

French Telecom Claims To Have Forced Google To Pay For Traffic

Omegium WTF is sending data? (207 comments)

What is sending data over the network? There is no sending. It is not like google is holding me at gunpoint to download cat video's, or that they push it in any other way. I, as a client, request the cat video, and google supplies it. The whole internet is client-server based, and the client almost always initiates the data transfer.

about a year and a half ago

Who Owns Your Health Data?

Omegium Re:Easy answer (99 comments)

That would be Doctor No

about 2 years ago

Ubuntu Now Available On the Nexus 7

Omegium You can do SD & USB (87 comments)

Just use this ( or any of the hundreds of equivalent OTG adapters.

Pick up a usb SD reader (I bought one a couple of years ago for under 10 euro)

Root your device, and you have anything you want on your Nexus 7. I have tried USB stick, SD card, USB keyboard and mouse, and charging my phone. It al works.

The most difficult part is keeping your nerve while rooting. The process itself is easy, but still, your glad when you're finished and you have not bricked your device.

about 2 years ago

A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

Omegium Re:Sexism? How about Discrimination? (687 comments)

Please tell me where a high school drop out can apply for a position as a nuclear physicist? He cannot because he doesn't know the difference between a hydrogen and a helium atom? What, discrimination! The job is being sexy and looked at. Which most 40/50 year olds are not. It is only discrimination if the discriminating factor is not part of the job requirement.

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Legislature Accidentally Votes For Internet Filtering

Omegium Re:Why? (143 comments)

Although competition on the ISP's here in the Netherlands is better than in the US (as far as I can tell from stories online), it is far from perfect. We have three mobile internet providers, and a lot of other brands using their networks. If all three providers decide to implement mandatory filtering in some way, consumers cannot choose. There are provisions in this filtering law that consumers cannot get a financial advantage if the choose for filtering, but the providers probably can find some loophole somewhere.

more than 3 years ago

Study Finds Most Would Become Supervillians If Given Powers

Omegium Re:Well, Duh (419 comments)

They win and end up with the chicks?

more than 3 years ago

Ryanair's CEO Suggests Eliminating Co-Pilots

Omegium Re:You don't want the best, you want cheap. (553 comments)

And you are playing right into their hands. THIS IS JUST ADVERTISING. They have made comments like this in the past, just to get people to write about them. They won't eliminate pilots, and their standing passengers was just as stupid. They want publicity, and they are getting it.

about 4 years ago

75% Use Same Password For Social Media & Email

Omegium Re:The danger of too many password requirements (278 comments)

No. The requirement of at least 12 characters makes it a huge possible pool (about 69 * 10^21, assuming 80 different possible characters). Even if the other requirements limit this somewhat, there is still A LOT left.

more than 4 years ago

75% Use Same Password For Social Media & Email

Omegium Re:The danger of too many password requirements (278 comments)

And the interesting thing is: my ATM Pin code is much more important to me than any of my passwords (except perhaps for my electronic banking password), and it is only 4 digits long, and I haven't changed it for years. And still there are systems with requirements like yours

more than 4 years ago

Porn Industry Ready To Drop Flash

Omegium Re:never gonna work (249 comments)

Yes. The porn factor is an urban legend. The real reason was that VHS had two hour tapes, and betamax one hour. People choose the ability to record complete sport matches over picture quality.

more than 4 years ago

When We Finally Meet Aliens, They Will Probably Be...

Omegium Re:I went with "too busy with their own problems" (648 comments)

We humans have a quite unanimous view on what to do with chickens. That does not end well for the chickens. They might think the same way about us, except for some alien tree hugging hippies

more than 4 years ago

Analysis of 32 Million Breached Passwords

Omegium Re:Why does password strength matter? (499 comments)

Do you really think that the FBI is your greatest enemy online?
It is nice to think that you are enemy of the state nr 1 and that everybody cares about your secrets, but that's not the case. You should worry about phishers and other criminals, not about law enforcement. And they don't use search warrants. They need to crack passwords

more than 4 years ago

Dragging Telephone Numbers Into the Internet Age

Omegium Why would you want to keep the telephone number? (239 comments)

(I posted this earlier on Ars Technica)

Why would you want to keep the telephone number?

The telephone number is a good example of a situation where the technical factor prevailed over the human factor. Numbers are abstract and difficult to remember for most people. And since its invention we have needed to use lists to associate these numbers to things we actually can remember, such as names.

I think it will go completely the other way, and that in 50 years people will never have heard of phone numbers. The identifier will be the email address, and if I want to call someone I select that address and press "call", and a VOIP connection will be made. If I want to IM or mail, I press other buttons.

The email address is easy to remember, it has build-in identification of the purpose you want to use it for (private, business, ...), can already be used for several types of communication (mail, jabber) and is completely transparent to location

more than 4 years ago

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Forget Privacy

Omegium Re:Better ads (415 comments)

It's also a lot more profitable to say 'You don't actually want privacy' than fix the security and sharing model of facebook. If you don't expect privacy, all the various holes and dirty tricks no longer matter.

There, fixed that for you. Advertisers do not like privacy (of their viewers).

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Create Artificial Meat

Omegium Re:Law of thermodynamics violation? (820 comments)

Because an animal spends a lot of time doing energy inefficient things like walking around, keeping itself warm, growing bones and brains and other useless parts. Only the fact that you can focus on the good parts will already give a profit. Btw, this technology is hardly new. I read about it years ago in our university newspaper (I am a student of the Eindhoven University of Technology). And at that time they also promised that there would be sausages in a couple of years. It sounds a bit like nuclear fusion

more than 4 years ago

LHC Shut Down Again — By Baguette-Dropping Bird

Omegium Re:Impossible to operate? (478 comments)

Yeah, something called "Rain" comes to mind...

more than 4 years ago

How many countries have you visited?

Omegium Re:10+ is winning... (958 comments)

Your alcohol is very expensive?

more than 4 years ago


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